I had the pleasure of co-managing the construction of a new brewhouse and cellar with Jim. He brings a pragmatic line of thinking to every aspect of the project; including the attention to detail needed to ensure that a quality project is delivered. Jim has been a pleasure to work with and earns respect and trust by being a natural leader and treating people fairly and justly throughout the life cycle of a project. Jim truly cares about driving quality to every aspect of his work while maintaining relationships within his peer group and with people that work for him
Since the start of my career in 2000 through 2020, I have been supplying Jim malt and hops, along with other various brewing aids and ingredients. During Jim's roles as Brewmaster and Director of Operations, my experiences were always positive and insightful. Because of Jim’s intimate knowledge of the malting industry and hop industry, and his understanding of the competitive nature within these industries, Jim recognizes the importance behind sustainability and the values of building long term partnerships.
Jim followed me in the succession and was President from 2015 to 2016. The onset of the Craft Beer Industry required a change in focus for the organization towards the needs of the new members entering the industry. When Jim took over, he did a fantastic job leading and directing this change, focusing on Brewing Safety, Diversity, and Inclusion and developing a new tag line- "United We Beer" to ensure that members understood that all brewers, large and small were welcome and part of the MBAA. Jim and I shared the same vision which has carried on and the MBAA has grown to over 5,000 members. This sums up Jim's contribution using his leadership, vision, and insight to move the MBAA forward resulting in membership growth and the focus on the needs of the organization.
Jim has formulated very successful commercial products over the years for multinational companies. These products were alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. As a brewmaster and manager, he is very organized and is knowledgeable about new product development.
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